Our Shrinking Church Influence and God’s Mercy

Fr. Brendan Kilcoyne (The Brendan Option podcast) shakes everything up by reminding us again what is the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (*)

If the traditional Faith and liturgy do not make us fit as Jesus would make us fit, what are we doing?

The Sacred Heart

“God, look at me, I am a disgrace to the parish, a disgrace to my family, I am a disgrace to You, even the dog is embarrassed by me….I can do nothing without you…”

In response to Peter’s question in Matt. 19:27: “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” Our Lord responds with the parable of the laborers in the Vineyard Matt. 20:1-1.

We’ve heard it so often we may very well have forgotten it’s real message.

“The landowner, whose decision to pay all the workers the same was an act of mercy—not injustice—and represents God, whose grace and mercy are shed abundantly upon those of His choosing. “For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’ It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy” (Romans 9:15-16).” — got questions.or

1 Cor. 10:12: “Therefore let any one who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

The Two Sons

28 But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and coming to the first, he said: Son, go work to day in my vineyard.

29 And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went.

30 And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said: I go, Sir; and he went not.

31 Which of the two did the father’s will? They say to him: The first. Jesus saith to them: Amen I say to you, that the publicans and the harlots shall go into the kingdom of God before you.

It is about the forgiveness of our sins —and way forward. By “the God “who so loved the world that he have his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”—Jn. 3:1


See also, Podcasting priest bares soul of Irish Catholicism


(*) Originally I titled this “Beyond the Catholic Gentleman” for reasons I think Father’s talk may explain. While no reference to the fine magazine The Catholic Gentleman was intended at all, since the confusion was possible I decided I should retitle it.

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